News Review December 2015

04 Jan


United States


The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. The deadline for applications is the 15th February 2016. Link (English, WG)


The Comics Arts Conference welcomes proposals for its 2016 conference at the San Diego Comic-Con. The submission deadline is the 1st February 2016. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for a special issue of Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, entitled “Freaked and Othered Bodies in Comics”. Abstracts of 150 words, with a 50-word biography, should be submitted by the 15th March 2016. Link (08/12/2015, English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the panel ‘Comics and/as Rhetoric: (Anti)Static Narratives’, which will be part of the Pennsylvania College English Association’s 2016 conference, taking place at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on the 21st and 22nd October 2016. Abstracts are due by the 1st March  2016. Link (15/12/2015, English, WG)




The ACME Comics Research Group announced the calendar for its speaker series 2015-2016. Link (09/12/2015, French, BC)

The CRISP (Centre de recherche et d’informations socio-politiques), an independent organisation researching political decision-making in Belgium, has published a report on the economic sector of Belgian Francophone comics. Link (17/12/2015, French, BC)



The comics criticism website du9, l’autre bande dessinée is republishing online essays by Balthazar Kaplan and Barthélémy Schwartz from Controverse and Dorénavant, accompanied by retrospective interviews with the authors. Link (04/12/2015, French, BC)

The Angoulême comics festival announced the program for its 2016 edition. Link (01/12/2015, French, BC)


The CLIMAS research lab issued a call for papers for their conference “Translators of Comics”, to take place on the 13th and 14th October 2016. Abstracts are due by the 31st March 2016. Link (French, BC)



An exhibition on Héctor Germán Oesterheld’s El Eternauta is going to be shown in Stuttgart from the 18th January until the 15th April. Link (14/12/2015, German, Mdll)


Comics und Graphic Novels – Eine Einführung, edited by Julia Abel and Christian Klein, has been published. Link (07/12/2015, German, Mdll)

New issues of the yearbooks Deutsche Comicforschung and Comic-Jahrbuch have been published. Link (17/12/2015, German, Mdll)



On 27th November the first issue of the Portuguese Comics Newsletter was published. The newsletter, titled “Jankenpon”, consists of a compilation of comics strips created by various Portuguese authors. Link (15/12/2015, Portuguese, RR)

Portuguese author André Morgado and Brazilian illustrator Alexandre Leoni have published their comic book titled The hidden life of Fernando Pessoa. The book is about the life of well-known Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa and was launched during Comic Con in Matosinhos on the 4th December. Link (18/11/2015, Portuguese, RR)

On the 26th November the comic book As Aventuras de Fernando Pessoa, Escritor Universal… [The adventures of Fernando Pessoa, universal writer…] by Miguel Moreira and Catarina Verder was published. The book launch took place at Almedina Book Store in Saldanha, Lisbon. Link (14/11/2015, Portuguese, RR)

On the 18th December the author Patrícia Guimarães published the book Stabat Mater at the Irreal Bar in Lisbon. The book’s artwork is displayed until the 7th January in the same place. Link (Portuguese, RR)



Isabel Bas Amat has been awarded the 2015 Premio de Honor del Colectivo de Autoras de Cómic (Honorary Prize of the Comics Female Authors Association). Link (18/12/2015, Spanish, EdRC)

“Ilustrar la libertad”, an exhibition with works by various authors who have collaborated with Amnesty International to send illustrated postcards to prisoners of conscience, can be visited at Centro Centro Cibeles in Madrid from the 10th December until the 10th January. Link (10/12/2015, Spanish, EdRC)

“An Ape’s Progress (y otros cuentos)”, an exhibition with works by Dave McKean, can be visited at Galería Artizar in Tenerife from the 12th December until the 22nd January. Link (03/12/2015, Spanish, EdRC)


Spanish illustrator and author Luis Bermejo has passed away. Link (12/12/2015, Spanish, EdRC)



The winners of the annual Töpffer awards are Alex Baladi for Autoportrait and Patrice Killoffer for Killoffer tel qu’en lui-même. Link (05/12/2015, French, BC)



There is a job advertisement for a part-time Research Assistant on the project Misty Visual and Lexical Analysis Project. A brief CV and covering letter are required by the 1st February. Link (07/12/2015, English, WG)

The School of Humanities at the University of Dundee seeks to appoint a lecturer in Comics Studies. The closing date for applications is the 31st January. Link (English, WG)


The Graphic Medicine 2016 conference will take place at the University of Dundee between the 7th and 9th July 2016. The theme of the conference is “Stages and Pages”, and abstracts should be submitted by the 12th February. Link (04/12/15, English, WG)

Reading Art Spiegelman, by Philip Smith, has been published by Routledge. Link (English, WG)

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Correspondents: Enrique del Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), Benoît Crucifix (BC, Belgium, France, and Switzerland), William Grady (WG, United States and UK), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany) and Renatta Rafaella (RR, Portugal).

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